Big Al's Snowsports. In summer Big Al's Snowsports turns into a cycling center for those keen to don Lycra and head to the trails. Al and his team have decades of experience and really know what they're talking about with trail maps, and the best riding tips for the region. You can rent full-suspension cross-country bikes and 29r xc hardtails from them, too. The Square, Methven, Canterbury, 7730. 03/302--8003; www.bigals.co.nz. Bike hire from NZ$45 per day or NZ$15 per hr.